Samppala, who is the brother of ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION drummer Jussi Samppala, replaces longtime vocalist and original bandmember Mika Luoma.
Regarding his departure from the group, Mika said in a statement: “I feel it’s the fair thing to do, now that new ambitions have risen. The core of the band have worked hard in the past months. My lack of time and motivation would only stand in the way of four other musicians’ chances. Thanks to everyone in the past few years for support and helping start the new ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION chapter.”
Arkela previously made a guest appearance on ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION‘s album “Gallery Of Pain”.
The addition of Jussi Arkela now means that ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION has a full lineup and is ready to start playing out.
The first chance to see ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION live after a long break is the Rotta Festival (Rottavestivaali) in Nummijärvi, Finland on Saturday, August 20.
ALTARS OF DESTRUCTION is:
Jarno Samppala – Vocals
Kimmo Osmo – Guitar
Jussi Arkela -Guitar
Pasi Osmo – Bass
Jussi Samppala (TYRANT DISCIPLE) – Drums